September 10, 2008

Americans are Visual

I keep noticing that Americans like to look. This is in direct contrast to my experience with Britains who avoid eye contact, at least in London. This difference is especially noticeable on public transit and in crowds. Our eyes are curiously scanning people and we even feel free to chat with folks.

This culture of looking works for visual folks like me who love soaking up details. In the UK I felt odd diverting my eyes and noticed that no one even sneaked a peek at each other.

Sitting on this Southwest flight heading out to DC there is lots to look at because we Americans are so visually interesting.

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